The twin challenges of healthcare in space and remote locations are 1) crew health is mission-critical, necessitating the capability to treat a range of ailments and 2) a premium on physical space and the degree of difficulty with which an explorer can be resupplied. As such our team is focusing on re-engineering a more efficient means of storing the medical devices on the spacecraft, as well as developing and augmenting 3D-printable medical devices that can be replenished in the station itself.

This project is solving the 3D AstroMed Devices challenge.


In the challenging environments that are found on Mars, extended stays on the ISS, future asteroid missions, or even the more humble South Pole here on Earth, sometimes medical emergencies can happen. In preparing to confront those hostile conditions, current and future explorers need to have the supplies and tools available to them which allow them to survive and thrive.

Drawing on our team’s diverse background in medicine, design, programming, and engineering, we are redesigning the entire space healthcare process with the focus on improving the healthcare experience in terms of the transport, replenishing, and use of medical supplies in space as well as reimagining the performance of terrestrial devices to optimize them for use in space.

  • Transport / Use - We are dissecting and rebuilding the Emergency Medical Kit (EMK) using principles from Japanese origami to more efficiently pack the various medical components into the small space available. We are creating a 3D rendering and a physical model to demonstrate this approach.

  • Restocking - We are developing a list of medical devices that can be fabricated in part or whole from the 3D printers that astronauts will have available to them. We are also creating 3D renderings and physical models of a small selection of these devices. Additionally, we are recommending emergency medical supplies that have been trialed extensively on Earth in critical situations, but are not yet part of the medical kit, and would greatly add to it.

  • Optimizing - We are reimagining terrestrial medical devices (such as the syringe and scalpel) with optimizations for the unique challenges that use in space or remote locations on Earth provide (such as zero gravity and the inability to easily replace single-use items).

Team Rocket’s Cæléstis modifications to current NASA medical kits, recommendations for additional supplies to take, novel 3D printed medical devices, and an in-depth discussion on optimizing what current and future explorers take with them is presented here in full, Open Sourced (MIT License), and available for anyone to interact with, or improve.

Our comprehensive description and write-ups are available on GitHub with the accompanying videos, 3D renders, and 3D files which contain everything that explorers everywhere can learn from.

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Project Information

License: MIT license (MIT)

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  • Daniel Dudley
  • Justin Nolan
  • steven Mieskoski
  • Eugene Malinskiy
  • Ilya Malinskiy